Miles Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Miles Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Miles

The origin of the name Miles was found in the archives. Variants of the Irish name Miles include Mile, Moyle, Moyles and Myles. This name is often an anglicized form of the Gaelic sept name O'Maolmhuire which was also anglicized as Mullery and Mukry in County Roscommon. When Gaelic names were anglicized during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries they were often changed to Anglo equivalents that sounded most like their original Gaelic name. Miles and Moyles can also be from the Latin word 'miles' meaning 'a soldier' or from the first name Milo. An early record of the name refers to a Hugh Moyle who was a Kildare witness in the year 1235. A Moyle in County Wicklow was among men outlawed for participation in the Rising of 1641. In the Cloyne diocese the name is recorded as Miles from the eighteenth century. In modern times these names are mostly found in County Mayo.
The Miles coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Miles descendants.
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